Beware of these dangerous TikTok challenges

TikTok can be a lot of fun but sometimes things can get a little out of control. 

While most TikTok trends are harmless dances and memes, some TikTok challenges have turned deadly. It’s always important to check other credible resources when anyone online encourages you to consume or use a substance, especially in an unconventional way. 

These are the most dangerous TikTok challenges you should steer clear of. 

Dry scooping trend

The “dry scooping trend” was disastrous for some. It called for consuming pre-workout powder, instead of mixing it with water. The powder contains vitamins, caffeine and sweeteners which allegedly hype you up. One person claimed to have a heart attack after completing the challenge. 

Blackout challenge

The “blackout challenge” required participants to choke themselves until they pass out and wake up moments later. The challenge resulted in the death of a 10-year-old girl and other hospitalizations. Cutting off your oxygen supply for “fun” is not a joke. 

Burning pile trend  

The “burning pileTikTok trend seemed like a regular transformation challenge. You go from wearing casual clothes to suddenly appearing glammed up. However, to transition, participants were expected to brandish an open flame in front of their faces with a lighter. A woman’s hair caught fire during this one. 

Swing TikTok trend

Over 100 people had to be rescued thanks to the “swing” TikTok trend. Adults and teens forced themselves into toddler-sized swings and got stuck, emergency responders were not happy with this use of their resources. 

Silhouette challenge

The “silhouette challenge” seemed like a great way for users to celebrate their bodies using sultry shadows. However, photographers warned that while the photos may be edited to distort your appearance, those filters can easily be reversed. That means if you originally took the picture nude or in lingerie others can easily find out. 

Nutmeg challenge

The “nutmeg challenge” involved consuming a ton of the spice in hopes of getting high thanks to the chemical compound myristicin it contains. Health experts warned that eating too much nutmeg could be dangerous. 

Papaya seed TikTok trend

There was a rumor on TikTok that eating papaya seeds can remove stomach parasites. While papaya seeds have nutritional value, there is no evidence outside of clinical trials to suggest they’re effective at removing intestinal parasites. 

Tooth filing TikTok trend

It seemed like a great idea when TikTokers started using nail files to shave down their teeth to save money. But dentists warned that filing your teeth without the help of a professional can remove important enamel and cause permanent damage. 

Gorilla Glue challenge

TikToker Tessica Brown used Gorilla Glue instead of setting spray to slick down her hair. In the end, she had to have the adhesive surgically removed. Another influencer Len Martin used Gorilla Glue to adhere a solo cup to his lip to prove Brown’s situation was overblown. He ended up in the hospital too. Gorilla Glue is not a toy. 

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